Freshwater Pearls

Freshwater pearls also come from freshwater mussels. Unlike saltwater or Akoya pearls, which form in oysters in a saltwater environment. For both types of pearls the process is the same, likewise a small irritant in the flesh of the creature prompts secretions. Finally result in a spherical, glistening pearl.

Freshwater pearl strands are now so affordable that even very young girls can be gifted. An exquisite strand of high quality pearls strung in a neckless can be added to and restrung as the girl grows into a woman. Every dance, recital, birthday and graduation can be an occasion to add to the necklace. As a result, making it a treasure. More info about Freshwater Pearls Click here. Beadman.

BALI SILVER

History of Balinese or Bali Silver. Balinese Silverwork is also part of an ancient tradition. The art of metal work arrived in Indonesia in the Bronze Age from Southern Chinese and Southeast Asian areas. Bronze drums, dated from as early as the fifth century BC, have been found throughout the archipelago, and some of them are believed to have been cast in Bali.

Our Bali beads are authentic and handmade by artists in Bali, Indonesia using genuine 925 sterling silver. Many techniques and patterns have been passed down from generation to generation. Also new elements continue to be added as the modern Bali artists hone their skills. To create a piece, the artist applies granulation (silver dots) and wires in detailed patterns that are further enhanced by an oxidation process. You’ll also love adding these high-quality hand-crafted treasures to your jewelry designs. Find spacers and focal beads, all displaying a versatile silver glow and unmistakable Bali style.

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Seed Beads

Seed beads or rocailles are uniformly shaped, spheroidal beads ranging in size from under a millimeter to several millimeters. Seed bead is also a generic term for any small bead. Usually rounded in shape, seed beads are most commonly used for loom and off-loom bead weaving. They may be used for simple stringing, or as spacers between other beads in jewelry.

Larger seed beads are used in various fiber crafts for embellishment, or crochet with fiber or soft, flexible wire. The largest size of a seed bead is 1° (“one-aught”, sometimes written 1/0) and the smallest is 24°, about the size of a grain of sand. However, beads that are size 5° or 6° are usually called “pony beads” rather than “seed beads”; the next larger class of seed beads, from 3° to 4°, are usually called “trade beads”; the largest class of seed beads, including 1°, 2°, and anything larger, are usually referred to as “crow beads.”

Most modern seed bead work is done using beads ranging in sizes 6°, 8°, 11°, 12°, 13° and 15°. Sizes 6°, 8° and 11° are often used in beaded knitting, as well as bead knitting. The extremely small class of seed beads smaller than 15° have not been in production since the 1890s and any in existence are usually considered antiques.

The very small holes in the centers of most seed beads means that stringing them usually requires the use of a specialized long narrow needle called a beading needle.

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More About Seed Beads

Two principal techniques are used to produce seed bead: the wound method and the drawn method. The wound method is the more-traditional technique, is more time consuming, and is no longer used in modern bead production: in this technique, a chunk of glass known in glassmaking as a gather and composed mainly of silica is heated on an iron bar until molten. A second bar of iron is then inserted into the gather and the two bars quickly drawn apart creating a long glass rod (the final width of which would depend on how quickly and how far the bars are separated before the glass solidifies).

This rod is then cut into shorter rods for handling. Next, one of these is re-heated and wound around a hot metal wire creating a ring of glass which is then worked and shaped until smooth and round. This is done several times on the same wire creating a series of glass rings. Once the wire cools, the rings are slipped off and then used as beads. For the drawn method, an air bubble is created within the gather and as the iron bars are drawn apart they produce a long tube rather than a rod. This tube is then cooled, cut into rings, and the rings are tumbled to remove sharp edges before being used as bead.

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